Facing the fire of pain and moving beyond pain
What is to be gained by
jumping into the fire?
The question that probably arises
I, “How can I create a life where I remove the pain?” The answer is
that you will never fully remove pain. As discussed in the file “An
ongoing issue for the Creator/creator - the ultimate pain we face”
there is the pain of loneliness that fuels Creation at its deepest
levels and you will have to face it one way or another. This of
course is a disappointment to most.
However, in that realization, one can create a life for oneself or
another that greatly reduces the pain if not creating a life is
essentially pain free. “How is this possible?” you may ask. The key
is to understand what each of us are ultimately seeking. In one way
or another, we all seek to address the ultimate
pain we face. In essence, it is the pain of our own uniqueness
that there is no other that can meet our uniqueness in every way.
But in this awareness, we can learn to dance with others. Each
giving and receiving to address the pain that arise from the need to
fulfill this deep inner need.
The key to the dance is to seek
true freedom and become like the wind - free and unattached.
Coming with nothing and leaving with nothing. It is accomplished by
following an ancient proverbial wisdom. The wisdom is as follows:
“He who jumps into the water comes out in the fire. He who jumps
into the fire comes out in the water.” Alternatively said, if we
seek pleasure and avoid the pain we will end up in pain. However, if
we are willing to jump in to the pain and explore our pain, we will
find the freedom we seek and the
inner satisfaction that comes with that wisdom. When you find
and access this inner satisfaction all you can do, if not lead to
do, is to
create the space for others to access it.
There is a pain pleasure cycle in which most individuals become
trapped for they think the avoidance of pain will provide the
pleasure that they seek. Most of the pleasures individuals seek and
experience are only the flip side of pain. When the experience of
the source of their pleasure is over, they return to another cycle
of pain and longing for relief for that next experience of pleasure.
However, as the
entered this life what an intention and as we
surrender to that intention we experience the joy and inner
satisfaction of the creator/Creator seeking their playmate as
discussed in the
Creation Story for the Creativity Perspective.
In alignment with this flow we will experience a
fullness of being. That fulness of being will provide an inner
satisfaction that doesn’t run dry no matter what is happening in
one’s life. It is a feeling of expansion within one’s being such
that one can go through life ever feeling the continual expansion of
their own being. To align with this flow we only need feel the
expansion and align with those activities in life that allows us to
maintain that feeling as much as possible. Unfortunately, the
fulness of being is not something that can be fully understood by
mind. Mind can create the conditions to experience the fulness of
being and it can remember the circumstances in which it was
experienced but fulness of being is not an experience of the mind.
Fulness of being is an experience of being. In particular, being
totally true to the true within oneself. .
Mind is what creates the pain pleasure cycle for it is what judges
one experience over another as painful or pleasurable, acceptable or
unacceptable. This does not mean one needs to lie to themselves and
some how embrace pain. Rather it is to see the
gift in pain and
pull the string on the
pain as to its origins. It is to step out of mind and our normal
way of thinking that the pain is caused by something other than our
own actions and beliefs. We will need to give up all those things we
use for security and to keep our self safe from the pain that arise.
It is to give up our addictive patterns that we use to not feel and
be distracted from our feeling. No matter what happens to us to
experience pain, we must understand that some how, for some reason
we have created the experience that gives rise to the pain we
experience. This view is quite difficult for mind to accept. Yet, it
is in using this understanding and seeking the root cause of our
pain and that we can jump into the fire. In doing so we do find that
inner satisfaction that never runs dry. We break the pain pleasure
cycle and align with the fulness of being.
What is to
be gained by jumping into the fire?
What is to be gain by jumping into
the fire and exploring the origins of our pain? Probably the best
way to see what will happen and what is possible is through an
analogous story as to the last time humanity faced fire the first
Within the story of the development of humanity, one of the more
intriguing questions is “How did humanity first discover fire?”
There are probably many theories and many ancient culture have their
myth as to how humanity came to obtain fire.
Given the ways most of our early discoveries are made, fire was
probably discovered by observing nature. Somewhere, someone observed
fire. They eventually made the choice to step past their fear and
explore it. So what did man observe in nature to experience fire.
Probably the two most common way early humanity experience fire was
around volcanoes and in lightening strikes. But for humanity to
begin to understand fire, someone had to become brave. Someone has
to transcend the normal reaction of most animals which they do
instinctively, including early man. That is, to run away from fire.
Someone had to become brave enough to set aside their fears and not
run away. They had to approach the fire.
In approaching the fire, humanity was at a cross road in its
evolution. If that human was careless, got burnt and ran any, the
potential to harness fire would be lost. However, if they did the
unimaginable and conquer their instinctive fear, and maybe overcome
some initial pain at being burnt, the potential existed for humanity
to harness a new power. The individual needed to reach toward the
fire and grab something that was burning. They had to grab it and
carry it to a place where they could nurse that fire and sustain it.
When that flame was nursed and sustained humanity took a big leap
forward. Fire was captured. Once fire was captured all the things
which needs fire to make suddenly become possibilities. It may have
take centuries to fully harness fire, but nevertheless it was a huge
advance by humanity. For starters, fire gave humanity heat to stay
warm in cold climates. It give them light to travel into the dark.
It gave them protection from all animals and others who feared fire.
Pottery, smelting, and the like soon followed. Yet, it all started
with one individual brave enough to go against their instinctive
response. Brave enough to reach into the fire and bring out the gift
that is contained within fire.
So too pain. However, the difference in pain is that
pain is your unique experience and unique to your being. No one
else experiences our pain as you do. Only you can go in and harness
that pain and access the gift within your being that lies buried in
that pain. And what lies buried within that pain? Your creative
power resides in that pain and in that creative power is a gift. A
gift of inner satisfaction to yourself and your uniqueness to
When you are in that
inner satisfaction you give two gifts to humanity. One is your
uniqueness and your own unique creative ability. The other is a form
of love. When you access this inner satisfaction, all you can do is
create the space for another to experience it. That is the love
the Creator has given each of use. We have been given the space for
each of us to express that inner satisfaction in our lives. But one
has to be willing to step out of mind and take the bars of the cage
of our own making that holds our
creative spirit captive.
It needs to be remembered that in the
Creation Story for the Creativity Perspective, the consciousness
within Creation shattered itself into an infinite number of
fragments. You, as is each of us, are one of those fragments. Each
of us, as
an infinite being will take and infinite number of experiences
to totally reveal what lies behind Creation. Creation and each of
our experiences of Creation is incomplete unless you access and
release your true creative power. In each of us stepping into the
fire to explore our pain we add to the process of releasing an
infinite creativity within humanity. Then with that creative power,
we can create what it means to be human any way we desire.
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